An American Crime Poster

Release Date: 2007

DVD Release Date: August 19th, 2008

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
Gertrude Baniszewski (Catherine Keener), a divorced mother of several children, agrees to take care of two girls, Sylvia (Ellen Page) and Jennie (Hayley McFarland), while their parents travel with a carnival. Though her eldest daughter is the real troublemaker, Gertrude vents all her bitterness and frustration on innocent Sylvia. Gertrude imprisons the girl in the basement and tortures her, eventually encouraging her children to follow suit.

Cast: Catherine Keener, Ellen Page, James Franco, Bradley Whitford, Ari Graynor, Nick Searcy, Michael O'Keefe, Romy Rosemont

Director: Tommy O'Haver

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Killer Films, John Wells Productions, First Look Media

Keywords: Mother, Death, Escape, Dark, 1960s, Fall, Tense


Nominated Best Actress